Author: saundralparker


With Easter fast approaching and all of us self-quarantining, I’m wondering if we could make the day we celebrate Easter with family and friends, a different day of our choosing.  If we can celebrate Easter on the real Easter, that would be great, but I’m thinking it’s not very practical.  I don’t know about you, but if my parents were still alive, I wouldn’t want to have an Easter celebration, and possibly infect other them, or be infected myself.  No holiday is worth that, in my opinion.

So with that being said, I’m thinking of choosing a date in the distant future, where we can safely celebrate with friends.  Rich and I don’t have any local family, but have a wonderful group of friends that are as close to family as you can get.  Most of them are college friends, so you can imagine we’ve known each other over forty years…We sound so old when I use numbers like forty.  In my head, I’m about twenty-five…My Dad passed away at sixty-four, and at the time, I thought he was too young to go, but as I quickly approach that age, I think of just how young he truly was.  He was young at heart, and so full of life, and his smile was the greatest–It’s hard to believe he’s been gone since 1994.

Enough reminiscing….Here’s what I’ve been busy doing in the craft room.  I finished three small diamond projects yesterday, one being a journal with Mother Mary on it.  My close girlfriend mentioned she loved the Mary diamond painting I made for my sister, and I decided it would be fun to give her a Mary fronted-journal.  It came out really cute, and I’ll upload photos of it in an upcoming video.  I also covered more refrigerator magnets, and this time the food items were actually magnets, and not key rings I had to turn into magnets.  They are brightly colored and you’ll see those in an upcoming video as well.  And finally, I finished a bookmark of a cardinal for my Mother’s close friend.  Their high school mascot was the cardinal, and the classmates get together once a month from spring until fall for lunch.  I thought she’d like the bookmark, and included a pack of the cardinal cards I made when I wanted to use all of the colored images I’d made a long time ago.   I can’t wait for you to see this (in the same video as the others) because Fansells put a really nice tassel with a metal butterfly in the kit.  I’ll say this for Fansells, they don’t do anything halfway.

I finally mailed (OK, Rich mailed) the cards I’d promised people as well as a bunch of “thinking of you” cards to our close friends.  I had a couple of viewers tell me that I could just put stamps on the cards, but our post office isn’t like anywhere else.  The reason I say this, is I bought a bunch of 70 cent stamps for my cards that were too big or too thick, as last year that was the price to mail anything out of the ordinary…In this batch, some of the cards I sent were normal small cards…The postage was never under 70 cents for any of the cards, and a lot of them were over 90 cents to mail.  How can you predict the cost of postage when it never seems to be consistent? Rich said the postal worker felt every envelope and that’s how he made his determination of cost (I guess.)

I’m just glad they are in the mail, as I’d promised to send them to so many people, and felt badly that none of them had been mailed.  I’m great at making and writing in cards, but getting them in the mail is a whole other ballgame…darn it…  Especially now that I don’t leave the house.  I’m sure our mailman would have been happy to take them with him if they’d had postage on them, but Rich watched the postal worker determine the costs on each envelope, and he said there was no way he’d be able to predict the cost…and I’d be so embarrassed if a card I sent arrived “postage due.”

And speaking of our postman, I’m going to make a card for him, our garbage collectors, and others still working, to thank them for their service.  I think it’s times like this when we all need to step up and thank people for doing their jobs, especially when their jobs put them in harm’s way…I’ve always sent cards to our deployed service people, but definitely think it’s time to extend the cards to the people in the front lines that are keeping our country going, while a lot of us stay at home.  I’m thinking of making a bunch of 3 x 3″ cards that I can carry in my purse, that just say thanks for being there for us when we need you, and handing them to grocery store clerks, cashiers,  and basically anyone still working in the public.  These are not safe times and I think we all need to give thanks for those that are keeping us afloat.

I’m also thinking of making cookies to drop off at a couple of neighbor’s homes to let them know we’re thinking of them, as they’ve been housebound like me.  I think I’ll give some to the postman and garbage collectors as well.  I need to give back…I need to do something to feel like I’m doing my part to make a difference, however small…

As for my channel…I’ve got at least two upcoming videos where I’ll be giving away things…diamond paintings and chalk marker sets.  Hopefully, that will give others something to occupy their minds and maybe even take a little of their anxiety away.  We can all use a little of that.


Yesterday I finished a couple more videos and am almost done with the double art journal pages I’ve been working on for a few days.  I might have turned the pages into a “hot mess,” as it looked really good until I decided maybe the “hair” made out of embroidery floss, needed Stickles.  And then I just lost my mind, squeezing Stickles all over the place.  I think I’m turning into my mother, as she absolutely LOVED Puffy Paint…I’m not even sure if they still make it, but she was obsessed with it.  She was going to go on a really big trip to Israel shortly after my dad died, so Rich and I bought her a really big (this is before weight was a consideration for luggage) piece of luggage, that stood upright and had shelves in it.  It was a hunter green–we could have bought black, but we wanted it to stick out so she wouldn’t have to look hard for it when it came off the luggage turnstile.  Apparently the green color didn’t stand out enough, so, first she made a red crocheted “chain” that she attached to the handle, thinking that would make it easier to spot….and then she decided that wasn’t good enough, (sound familiar?) so she took several colors of Puffy Paint and stood above the luggage (laying it flat on the ground) and hosed it down with Puffy Paint in random squiggle designs.  When we saw it, we were mortified…It looked like a toddler had destroyed her luggage…But my mother loved her art work, and never had any trouble finding her luggage….When she stopped travelling, she offered it to me, and luckily, we have a lot of luggage, so I could use that as my excuse.  I haven’t seen the art journal since it’s dried, and I’m hoping I don’t look at it and burst into tears, but you just don’t know.  Maybe it dried so it looks a lot less tacky…I doubt it.

As for today, I went through several new videos and wrote the notes Rich will need while editing, and put them in the order I’d like to have them uploaded in.  I want to make sure the one I made for de-stressing, goes up first, as it’s important people have ways to destress while we’re all staying at home.  And I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m ready to do something, anything that involves a store.  Rich has run all of the errands since we’ve self-quarantined, so I’m staying safe, but I’m still looking forward to a time when I can get in the car and go somewhere to do something fun….and hope it’s soon….

Completed Diamond Painting Projects

The cupcake designs I used are different from the ones they currently sell…here’s the link to them:

To turn these into magnets, I covered the hole that the key chain would go through, with a rolled up glue dot. I put a matching diamond over the Glue Dot. I used magnets I had on hand, and using a black marker, traced around the magnet near the center upper portion of the back plastic on the key ring. I removed the clear plastic from the back, and cut out the circle I’d drawn. I put the plastic wrap back on the key chain, and then laid the magnet on a glue dot and put it on the open area of plastic wrap that I’d cut out.

Passport Cover link: It seems they no longer offer the passport cover I got, but here are the ones they now offer, and there are some really nice options.

I turned mine into a notepad cover by taking a Dollar Tree note pad (that was too big for the cover,) and had to cut it down with my craft knife…I didn’t do the world’s best job, and recommend you finding a note pad that is closer to the size you need….it would be a lot easier.

5D DIY Full Drill Diamond Painting Words Embroidery Mosaic Craft Kit Decor, 30 x 30 Round Drills, Someone we love is in heaven: link:

I would recommend you buying this in a larger size, maybe 40 x 40 or 50 x 50, as it’s hard to read (in person, it’s so much harder to read than it was on camera, and I’m not sure why that is.)

I have one more project that I’ll be sharing in my next video…The tree of life diamond painting…I wanted to show how I framed it by using an existing framed artwork I already had in my home….You’ll see this in my next video.


Yesterday, I got serious in my craft room, trying to finish several videos.  I think I made three or four….I wanted to make de-stress bottles, also known as sensory bottles, so played around with those.  I used different types of bottles so people would know you don’t have to buy a special bottle…but in the end, I realized that even though I ran a pickle jar through my dishwasher, it still had a pickle smell, and the seal wasn’t great, so it kept leaking….not the best outcome.  I decided to stick to pint jars, water bottles and a small plastic bottle I had in my stash.  I tried pom-poms in colored water, different glitters with clear kid’s glue in water, and glitter, beads and table scatters with glycerin in colored water…all are lots of fun and highly entertaining.  I had Rich try one out, and he said he didn’t know how it was doing for stress, but he found it highly mesmerizing, and I took that as a good sign…

I made an Easter decoration with a small Dollar Tree container, a Dollar Tree succulent, Dollar Tree moss, and Dollar Tree styrofoam eggs I cut in half and glued to the outside of the glass container.  I think it turned out kind of cute, and next year, I’ll shop early, buy the Dollar Tree carrots I wanted, and will rip the eggs off the glass container and make it a carrot Easter decoration.  After all, this year, I think it will be a quiet Easter. since we’ll probably all still be self-quarantining by then.

I made a Dollar Tree haul video before I put everything together to make the egg container….as I’d bought a bunch of things at a larger Dollar Tree while I was out looking for the carrots I wanted…Keeping in mind, this was before we were supposed to be staying home.

I need to finish the art journal pages I’ve been working on, and may finish that today.  I need to complete the de-stressing/sensory bottles, as they need to have time for the foam to settle and to fill them the rest of the way with water.  I made a vow that I would try to upload a video every other day while we are quarantined and so far, have been able to keep Rich on task for editing and music.  I really think he has the tougher job of the two of us since I make so many mistakes that need to be edited out..

Rich had his annual physical scheduled for today and honestly, I thought our doctor would cancel it since Rich doesn’t have many health issues….but she didn’t.  I thought she’d want to keep her patients away from each other and at home, but again, it didn’t seem to concern her.  I’m not overly thrilled that she exposed Rich to other patients, but he does keep as far away from others as possible….and I’m hoping with his vigilant hand sanitizing/washing, that he’ll continue to be safe.  I’m still not leaving the house….

A Card Using Layered Dies & Leftover Diamonds

The dies are from Spellbinders and are called the Kaleidoscope Trio, here’s a link to find them.

I cut pink cardstock from Stampin’ Up to 8 1/2″ wide x 5 1/2″ tall, and scored it at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ length.  This makes an A2 sized card.

I used the hexagon shaped dies and cut them out of silver and purple paper. I then took one of my die cuts and laid it on the edge of a piece of white craft paper, and cut out the hexagon. The paper (on the other side) looks like tie dye that came from a paper pad from a Joanns brand called Ms Sparkle & Co. I thought the tie dye would look good, but it didn’t, and the back was white….so I used it any way. I used Tombow Mono Aqua glue to adhere the layers together. Here’s a link to it.   Tombow makes another glue that also works well, called Tombow Mono Liquid Glue, but you only get half as much, for the same price….here’s a link to it in case you are interested.

I made five hexagons, with three layers…the bottom layer is the white layer that is not a die cut, then the next layer is either purple or silver, and the top layer is the opposite of the middle layer, again, either purple or silver. I wanted to have a little variety on my card front so alternated the purple and silver layers. I put foam adhesive behind each of the hexagons and then die cut the word “hi” out of silver, white and purple papers. I laid the white hi on the bottom, then offset the purple layer, then laid the silver layer offset, so you can see all three colors. I put a thin line of foam tape behind “hi” and laid it on the top left side of the card front.  I then laid the hexagons, alternating the silver and purple topped ones, so you’d not find the same color next to each other. I laid three of the hexagons toward the right of the card and laid them in a row so they were in a vertical row… then laid two of the hexagons to the left of the first three, making sure they were also in a row. I talked about Zig Two Way Glue pens and why I love using them to glue things down, and shared where I buy them, at…Here’s a link to the glue pen.

I decided I wanted to add a bunch of diamonds I had left over from diamond painting projects. I had one shaped like a teardrop, and used it above the “i” in “Hi” and then used a dark pink alcohol marker to make it the same color as the diamonds I glued down. I used the Tombow Mono Aqua glue to add glue to the center of the hexagons, instead of the Zig two way glue pen, as the silver paper doesn’t allow the pen tip to lay glue down. Since I was already using the Tombow Mono Aqua glue, I kept adding it all over so I had small spots of glue to add diamonds….I added dark pink and white diamonds to the card front.

Tools you can use to pick up diamonds with are as follows:

The boat that comes with a pick up tool and wax link:

Tool that has a sticky end and requires no wax link:

I added one of the hexagons to the front bottom right corner of my envelope and made sure it was well adhered with Tombow Mono Aqua glue, so it doesn’t come off in shipping.

As a disclaimer, my girlfriend bought me the dies that I used in this video from Aliexpress.

BBC Radio Message, A Wake Up Call

One of my friends sent me a link to a BBC Radio message, and I hope you’ll take a moment to watch, listen and take this in.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but in the last week, I’ve heard from old friends, new friends, and family, and have spent hours on the telephone, just catching up.  I hope you are having a similar experience, as it’s calmed my fears, and allowed me to focus on what’s really important…

Unfortunately, I can’t put the message here, but will link to my facebook page where you can watch it.

I’d love to hear what you think of it, and if you’re having similar experiences as mine.

Non Diamond Painting Ebay Haul–Journals, Wallets, & A Painting

Below you’ll find links to all of the products I purchased on Ebay.. All of the diamond painting crafts I bought cost under $5.00 each (including shipping.) I received all of my purchases within two weeks of placing the orders.

Blue Mandala Journal:

Red Mandala Journal:

Poinsettia Looking Journal:

Mandala Wrist Purse:

Snowman Change Purse:

Snowman Journal:

Double Blue Mandala Journal:

Gnome Round Diamond Painting: